Central beaches reopen after fatal shark attack
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) – Three Central California beaches that were closed following a deadly shark attack on a surfer have reopened.
Vandenberg Air Force Base spokesman Michael Peterson says the 72-hour closure ended Friday morning.
Thirty-nine-year-old Francisco Solorio Jr. of Orcutt died Tuesday after he was bitten in the upper torso at Surf Beach in Santa Barbara County. It’s the same Vandenberg beach where a shark bite killed a bodyboarder two years ago.
An expert who examined tooth marks in Solorio’s board concludes he was bitten by a 15-foot great white shark that may have mistaken him for prey.
The public beach and two others restricted to base personnel were closed as a precaution but Peterson says there haven’t been any more reported shark sightings.